2008 CCBC College Catalog
Academic standards and policies
In order to ensure students’ progress, CCBC has established academic
standards and regulations. Exceptions to regulations and policies may be
granted under special circumstances through the established appeal
processes. All academic policies are currently under review by The
Community College of Baltimore County and are subject to change.
Student Academic Appeals
Academic appeals are those that do not involve alleged violations of the
Student Code of Conduct (such as cheating) but instead involve
allegations of error or misjudgment about academic matters. Typically,
these are allegations by students that they have been assigned
inappropriate grades by their instructors.
In such cases students must first confer with the faculty member
involved. A student who is unsatisfied with the result of such a
conference or who has been unable to contact a professor after multiple
documented attempts must next take his/her concerns to the instructor’s
immediate supervisor, providing copies of any documents that are
relevant to the appeal, such as the syllabus, graded assignments, and
the like. Every effort will be made at this level of appeal to reach a
just resolution of the problem.
The final level of appeal is that of the dean of the school offering the
course. Students appealing to this level must submit their concerns to
the appropriate school dean in the form of a written statement setting
out the factual basis for their allegations as clearly and completely as
possible, and providing copies of all relevant documents. This written
appeal must be submitted to the dean within 45 calendar days of the
conclusion of the course.*
Upon receipt of such a written appeal, the dean will, within 15 days,
inform the student that the student must elect one of two courses of
action: (i) to have the dean render a final decision based upon the
student’s written statement and the results of any additional
investigation that the dean may deem appropriate or (ii) to have the
dean convene a hearing board to make a recommendation to the dean before
the dean makes a final decision. The student must select their option
within 15 days of notification by the dean.
If the student elects to have a hearing board, the dean will appoint a
board composed of at least two faculty members (at least one of whom is
from a different discipline than that of the faculty member involved in
the appeal) and at least one student. The dean will also appoint a
hearing officer from among the professional staff of the College who
will preside over the hearing. All of these persons will be screened for
their ability to hear the appeal in a fair and impartial manner and to
avoid conflicts of interest. This is an academic appeal procedure. Any
legal counsel utilized will not have voice rights at such a hearing.
The hearing or final decision of the dean must occur or be rendered
within 90 days of the student selection of final appeal option.
After the hearing is conducted, the hearing officer will submit a
written recommendation to the dean as to how the issue should be
resolved. The dean will take this recommendation into account in
rendering a final decision, which shall be submitted in writing to the
student and to the faculty member.
*The submission deadline may be different for appeals in the School of
Health Professions (SHP), due to the unique nature of some of its
programs. Students should consult the SHP for details.
Policy for "Grandfathering" CCBC Students Who are Enrolled in
When a program of study is discontinued, students will be afforded time
to complete the program requirements. Program Coordinators will work
with students to develop plans to help students complete their
coursework. If particular courses are no longer offered, substitutions
may be made. The length of time for services and benefits to be extended
is determined by the number of credits the student needs to complete the
program, with the maximum of up to two years after the discontinuance of
the program. Requests for further extension must be submitted in writing
to the Vice President of Instruction.